Opportunistic screening for depression can improve carers’ health, says college

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3099
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal College of General Practitioners is calling for more to be done to ensure that carers don’t neglect their health, such as by undergoing routine checks for depression.

The college estimates that at least one in 20 patients registered with every general practice is now a carer. Around 40% of the seven million carers in the United Kingdom are thought to experience psychological distress or depression.

The college has …

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